AV Club's 100 best films of the decade thus far.
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
Un-Freakin-Believable Hyperactive Beatdowns!
Ball Busting Action!!!
Style over substance rules but who cares when the most brutal jaw-dropping fight scenes are an Eye-Popping, Balls to the Wall, Life or Death Spectacle!
Gratuitous Adrenalin Pumping Acts of Extreme Violence!
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Unrated version of The Raid : Redemption!
How does one even begin to describe this remarkable martial arts film when there is nothing out there that even comes close to what you can expect to find in The Raid!
Its no Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon! There's nothing artsy fartsy about it (Don't get me wrong.. I love artsy fartsy! But sometimes I like my films Straight Up!)
Its no Enter the Dragon 70s camp with an occasional smattering of choreographed fight scenes! The characters in The Raid don't have time to stop and bleed muchless stop and partake in humor! As far as the fight scenes go The Raid has the most realistic fight scenes and unfortunately for the squeamish…
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
Overrated? Or am I missing the point of The Raid?
I can appreciate that the fight scenes are brilliantly choreographed, and many of the effects are practical. It's sad that this is a rare feat in the action genre, but I applaud the cast and crew for using practical effects for a grittier, more immersive experience.
However, for some reason The Raid just didn't seem to work for me. Although the action is entertaining, the film is entirely action, and basically nothing else. Just action. We learn little to nothing about the characters, to us they are essentially just meat bags waiting to be shot and/or stabbed.
The recently released Mad Max: Fury Road (which is fantastic) is also comprised of 99% action, but it still manages to make us care for the characters, and we want to see these people succeed. Unfortunately, The Raid fails at this.
Despite the great action, The Raid unfortunately falls flat.
Words can't describe how much I FUCKING LOVE this film!
Intense and filled with excellent fight choreography, The Raid is a must-watch for any fan of action films.
The Raid: Redemption (2011) from Welsh director Gareth Evans is easily the best pure action film I’ve seen in a while.
The set-up’s simple, and there’s little to say about the plot. It reads much like you’d expect – a police raid on a 30 storey building goes awry leaving our hero, Rama (Iko Uwais), to fight his way up through floor after floor and wave after wave of henchmen, a boss fight or two, tie up a few loose ends and save the day. There are a few twists and turns, enough to keep things interesting, but for the most part the plot exists to lead us from one brawl to another, while the setting has enough character in…
I would play a lot more video games if there were more of them where you actually lost armor/weapons/backup with each new level.
I mean, what can you say?
Great action movie from the last decade OR greatest action movie from the last decade??
No hay que desaprovechar la oportunidad de volverla a ver, lastima que esta vez se me hizo un poco lenta, pero igual de buena.
The Raid is one giant action sequence. One very impressive and intense giant action sequence. I don't think I learned the protagonist's name until the last third of the movie, I'm not even sure the plot even makes sense. Anything that isn't action seems like they're just thrown in there so that The Raid counts as a movie, those things can be disregarded in this case; because anything that is action is balls to the wall madness.
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…